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Mastodon’s Bill Kelliher Discusses Potential New Album Single “High Road”


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Mastodon guitarist/vocalist Bill Kelliher, Gojira vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier and Kvelertak singer Erlend Hjelvik took part in a group interview with ARTISTdirect.com regarding their planned Spring North American tour together.

When asked about what song that they’ve written means the most to them, Kelliher spoke of a new track by the title of “High Road“, which he thinks may serve as a single from the groups upcoming album:

“I’d have to say it’s something off of our new album. There’s a song called “High Road“. I wrote the music. The lyrics were written by Brann Dailor. I think it’s going to be a single. It was a riff I wrote in my sober time. I was feeling really good about it. I actually wrote it on a James Hetfield model ESP. It’s the “Snake Bite” guitar. I was sitting in my hotel room in Luxembourg because we had a couple of days off there.

It’s a very simple, easy, and heavy riff. I didn’t think it would catch on with anybody else, but Brann was like, “I hear some really cool vocals there!” It just blossomed into this huge six-minute song with cool leads. They’re not solos, but leads in the middle of the song I put together my song. It’s something I worked really hard on. It’s new and fresh. I’m excited for it to come out and have other people hear it and let me know what they think.”

Release details for Mastodon‘s new album remain pending. The group recently wrapped up tracking the outing with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, Alice In Chains).

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